Category: Politics

Lambasting Politics with humor is terrific. <3

Wolf’s routine burst the bubbles of civility and performance, and of the separation of media and comedy. It plunged the attendees into the reality that is, in the Trump era, the stuff of comedy. Through her obscene humor, Wolf exposed the obscenity of the fictions—and the fundamental unfunniness of it all. Her last line, the most shocking of her entire monologue, bears repeating: Flint still doesn’t have clean water. – Massa Gessen

This year’s dinner seems to have hit quite a nerve. Comedian Michelle Wolf’s comedy stylings were not appreciated by the press corps or the administration. She called the president and the White House staff liars, which is true, and pointed out that the media benefits from this surreal circus, which is also true. This bound both together in a way that clearly made everyone extremely uncomfortable, as it was meant to.

So now we have much clutching of pearls and rending of garments among members of the press, demanding apologies from Wolf for allegedly insulting Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ looks (which Wolf did not do) and for comparing her to Aunt Lydia in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which is as spot-on as you can get. (As New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum pointed out on Twitter, “her job is *exactly* like Aunt Lydia: she is the frowning female enforcer for a fascist patriarchal society, punishing those who resist her lies.”) – Heather Digby Parton, Let’s kill the White House Correspondents’ Dinner — it is just a shameful, pompous DC bonding ritual

You know you’ve done the job when you’ve said something that’s both true and profound—and people are laughing. “The comic’s role is to ring a bell and tell the truth,” says Villepique. Wolf has drawn especial outrage because she—unlike a lot of the media—isn’t pretending any of our current political situation is normal. “I think the truth is so awful right now that her speaking it shook people. When the behavior has gone so far in one direction in our country, when the truth is at stake, it’s hard to just say, ‘we’re going to keep it light,’” says Villepique.

Wolf ended her speech not with a joke but with a bald statement of truth, the only unfunny thing she said all evening. So if you want something to be outraged about, chew on this: Flint still doesn’t have clean water. –“How to Roast Someone Like a Pro ”